The Oklahoman

Israel approves series of measures to ease blockade of the Gaza Strip


JERUSALEM – Israel on Wednesday approved a series of measures easing its blockade of the Gaza Strip, including opening the main commercial crossing with the Palestinia­n enclave to imports. The announceme­nt came a day after Israeli officials allowed the import of crucial constructi­on material needed for the Gaza Strip's rebuilding following the recent conflict in May. Tensions have run high in recent weeks as Hamas activists have launched incendiary balloons into Israel and staged a series of sometimes violent demonstrat­ions.

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